18th Mar2020

‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Bret “Hitman” Hart’ Review (WWE Network Original)

by Chris Cummings

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So far on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions series on WWE Network, we’ve seen the “Texas Rattlesnake” talk to The Undertaker, Kane, Goldberg and The Big Show, and now he sits down for over an hour with “The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be”, forever WWF Champion and WWE Hall of Famer, Bret Hart.

I grew up watching Bret Hart. The first wrestling show I ever watched was WrestleMania XIII in 1992 from Indianapolis, Indiana. An event that saw Bret Hart himself go toe-to-toe with another Hall of Famer, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper over the WWF Intercontinental Title. This remains one of my favourite wrestling matches of all time to this day. Bret was always one of my favourite guys to watch, bringing elements of realism and hard-hitting catch-as-catch-can to the table, while also being entertaining and fitting in to the bright and colourful WWF system with his pink and black attire, his leather fringed jacket and his cool-as-ice shades. Hart was great, and here we see Austin talk with Bret about his career and the many moments in which the two of them shared the ring.

Austin talks with Bret about their feud that began in 1996 with a lesser remembered classic at Survivor Series 1996 and ran until just before Bret left WWF in November of 1997. We hear the two of them discuss their matches, their views on working with one another, and they focus on that classic match from WrestleMania 13 in which Hart and Austin tussled in an incredible submission match, a match that remains a bloody and beautiful example of how good wrestling can be. This match would also see Austin become a babyface and Hart turn heel, which would then lead to the formation of the stable of The Hart Foundation. They discuss that here, and talk about the great “Canadian Stampede” encounter which saw The Hart Foundation go over in their home country in front of thousands of rabid and passionate Canadian fans.

The conversation eventually, as expected, turns to the Montreal Screwjob that took place in November of 1997 at Survivor Series in Montreal. Fans will be well-aware of what this is all about, with Hart legitimately being double-crossed in front of his home country fans live on PPV. It was a shocking moment that lead to Hart going to WCW, the Mr. McMahon character taking shape, and the wrestling world changing forever. Hearing how hard Bret took this is never easy, but he offers some interesting and entertaining insight into how he was feeling, into what happened afterwards, and into how he feels today about everything that happened.

Austin and Hart obviously have a lot of respect for one another and it shows. Bret, as we’ve become accustomed, doesn’t hold back or refuse honesty, and shoots once in a while on various people, whether it’s taking about how Honky Tonk Man’s punches were “powder puffs” or how Goldberg was and remains “the most unprofessional wrestler in the business”. This is a very strong episode and well worth your time. Sure, many of the stories have been heard before if you’ve watched interviews with Bret or read his autobiography, but there is some new takes here, and it’s damn entertaining either way.

Broken Skull Sessions is available to watch now on WWE Network.

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